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Rome wasn’t built in a day.

It was a slow, tedious process that came with growing pains, but in their fourth year under coach Trevor Rose the Las Positas Water Polo captured their first ever Coast-North Conference Championship.

This season was different for them, especially for Sophomore Nikki White.

“My first season was a lot of fun but was more laid back. Whether we won or not,” White said. “This year we had a stronger team. We were serious about hanging a banner.”

With that coveted banner they now hold claim to something neither the men’s or women’s water polo team has accomplished before, a conference championship.

To achieve such heights in sports there needs to be a culture set.

And coach Rose has done an excellent job developing that culture over the past couple of years.

Their underdog mentality, and their fight helped them tremendously this season.

“There were a lot of games this season where people saw the matchup and thought we were going to lose because of past seasons,” freshman Mikayla Theide said. “We kept that in mind when we went into each game and we kept that mentality every game and do whatever was needed to bring home wins.”

That grittiness and toughness helped them to a 7-3 conference record and an appearance in the 2018 CCCAA Women’s Water Polo NORCAL Regional Championship. They lost in the first round but they are motivated to get back to that level moving forward. And hope to establish this season as the baseline for success in years to come.

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